Clever Out-of-the-Box Solutions to Common Management Challenges
Here is a collection of easy-to-follow management tips and techniques covering a wide range of topics. This collection of essential "nuggets" will help you improve performance, adapt to changing business realities, and prosper in todays complex business evironment. just flip through the list, find the topic that interest you and adopt the easy to implement tips.
Meir Liraz, President of BizMove
Teams have been touted as a way to replace managers, evoke initiative, assist in leadership development and save the Queen. In reality, the synergy that's possible in teamwork usually turns out to be chaos. Here are 10 tips on making the most of your team.
1. Give the team (or have them create) a big enough vision or outcome. If the goal isn't bigger than the personalities of the team members, the team's effectiveness will be mediocre, due to ego.
2. Train all team members in the standards of behavior of the team's communication, response and interaction. These ground rules are designed to keep the team's communication clean and make team membership mean something. Bad attitudes, delayed responses, nattering, gossiping, whining or politicking are grounds forexplusion.
3. Have the team vote the Team Leader. Leadership is still required in a team environment. Not a manager, but a Team Leader. A Team Leader should have the confidence of everyone and not the person with the power to hire and fire, unless the members are OK with that.
4. Install structures to support the team and keep it moving. Daily or weekly reporting, public display of team goals/results,etc., helps everyone on the team get that they ARE on a team and that the team is accomplishing something.
5. Teams need a member/manager who manages the details and flow of idea sand information. Have one team member be the person who makes sure that ideas are catalogued, agreements are kept, promises are made and that input from team members "goes" somewhere good and not into the ethers.
6. Include periodic meetings where the agenda is how the team can work better together -- and no other agenda for that meeting. It's KEY that two things happen, otherwise these "effectiveness"meetings become too personal/venting/gripe sessions. First, make it aground rule that any unresolved/uncommunicated issues among/between team members must be completed resolved PRIOR to the next effectiveness meeting. This will help the meetings be positive and healthy progress/bragging sessions vs hurtful or finger-pointing slugfests. Second, have every team member make one suggestion for team effectiveness improvement prior to the meeting, so they can propose it during the meeting.
7. Know when a team approach is called and know when it's "not enough."
8. Continual, accurate and frequent acknowledgment. A big part of what makes the synergy of a team work is that individual team members are publicly acknowledged for what they've done to help the team and/or forward the outcome/goal. However, keep this praise accurate vs manipulative puffery.
9. Team meetings should be exciting moments of creating, not reporting. Pose a great question or significant problem for the meeting,don't make it be a boring reporting session -- that's why God invented email and copy machines. If there's any reporting to do, keep it short shares about the wins and progress.
10. Teams work best when people enjoy each other's company.
1. Install a consequence that really, really hurts!
2. Hire a short term coach who will help you make it happen.
3. Break the goal down into important pieces and enjoy the momentum as you accomplish each one.
4. Link the goal to one of your values so that it becomes an expression of yourself vs just this 'thing' that you're working on.
5. Know the next goal you want to accomplish, even before you have fully started on the immediate goal; this creates perspective and context, making the current goal look much easier!
6. Find a way to be rewarded as you go; a runner sips water continually; she doesn't gulp it down at the end.
7. Start feeling and acting as if the goal has already been reached and then just do what it takes to 'finish' it.
8. Eliminate the consequences of non performance and just work on taking daily actions instead -- get your juice from taking the actions vs comparing to the goal.
9. Set an earlier end point and orient everything around reaching the goal by then.
10. Change the goal so that it CAN be reached easily -- who says you should pick only the tough goals.
1. Start with the end in mind.
We know that navigating successfully in a world that is changing as fast as ours can be tricky at times. In fact, if we allow it to overwhelm us, change can feel extremely stressful and downright frustrating. If we're smart, however, we've learned that although we can't alter the fact of constant change, we can learn to manage our response to it. Here's a sample of how I coach my clients on managing change in their lives:
2. Accept change as a fact of life.
As human beings we are constantly in process. We never get there, our in-box is never empty, and we can't catch up with technology. Our world is changing at a pace never experienced before…indeed, change is our only constant….accept it!
3. Commit yourself to lifelong learning.
If change is constant, then learning must also be continual. As long as we are learning we're on the road to an exciting, fulfilling, meaningful life. Learning helps us feel as though we're moving with the ever-changing world. This helps to relieve our anxiety of feeling left behind. We feel better because when we're learning we are moving with the world.
4. Get healthy then stay healthy
Change, even positive change, is stressful. To keep stress from getting us, we must stay physically healthy with proper nutrition, enough rest and regular exercise.
5. Look at change as an opportunity.
Changing our attitude about change is one of our best management tools. Look for opportunities in every change in your life. Rather than digging in your heels and resisting change, allow yourself to flow with it and see where it takes you.
6. Develop and maintain a strong network and support team.
Many changes in our lives require us to lean on others for emotional support and/or advice. Have your team in place…ready to see you through the inevitable significant changes in your life.
7. Develop your spirituality.
God is the only aspect of our lives that is constant. She is the same today, tomorrow, and into infinity. This is a comforting and stabilizing thought in today's world. To have a friend, a confidante, a love who will never outgrow us, leave us, or change her behavior toward us is surely one of the greatest gifts of life.
8. Engage in rituals.
Performing a task or celebration in the same way week after week or year after year gives us a sense of stability, a feeling of being grounded, a sense of security. Even the ritual of pouring a cup of coffee before settling down to work, eating dinner as a family, having lunch at a special restaurant on Fridays, or writing daily in a journal can be significant in dealing with change. Performing rituals and celebrating holidays in a certain way, gives us the satisfaction that not everything is changing.
9. Eliminate the tolerations in your life.
Get rid of the little irritations (and sometimes big ones) that drain your energy…energy you need to manage change. A toleration can be something as simple as a missing button or as significant as a toxic person.
10. Keep a daily journal.
When change is viewed over a period of time there is more sense to it. Seeing this historical perspective of past change in our life can give us more objectivity to meet the current changes that are facing us.
11. Engage in meditation.
Being centered within yourself grounds you for the changes you're required to face every day. Take a moment to quiet your mind, your body, your soul. You'll reap the rewards of this gift you give yourself.
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